Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box.
To be removed from The Nooner list, click here.

RECENT PODS: Obviously, there are lots of pods these days. I try to select a few of those most relevant to California politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.

  • California State of Mind (Nicole Nixon @ CapRadio): Investigation: How Some Law Enforcement Are Mysteriously Clearing Sexual Assault Cases (2021-08-20)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Former Assembly member Mike Gatto (D) on the end of session hijinks (2021-08-20)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Recall and Larry Elder with Carla Marinucci and Katie Orr. (2021-08-19)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): California and Kabul (2021-08-19) 
  • Capitol Weekly (John Howard and Tim Foster): Paul Mitchell on the new Census data. (2021-08-16)


  • CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Building Grid Resilience (8/25)
  • Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer
  • California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)
  • CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst
  • Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law 

DISTRICT UPDATES: Note that while candidates are declaring for certain districts to start fundraising, the specific districts may be different after redistricting.

  • CA09 (San Joaquin): added Harpreet Singh Chima (D) - challenge to Jerry McNerney (D)


The Nooner for Tuesday, August 24, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Become a Nooner Premium subscriber (or below buttons for Square) to access enhanced legislative profiles, exclusive election analysis, and downloadable back-end data. | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner to reach over 8,000 readers

"For the record, I'm against Newsom being recalled. I am. But I've got to say, there is a tiny part of me that enjoys watching someone that handsome sweat about losing their job."
-- James Corden, August 23, 2021


  • Mariners @ A's (12:37)
  • Angels @ Orioles (4:05)
  • Giants @ Mets (4:10) - Local boy and Sac State alum Sammy Long back on the mound for the Giants.
  • Dodgers @ Padres (7:10)

Happy Taco Tuesday? What will you fill your tortilla with today?

In this space the last couple of months, it has largely been recall, COVID, and fires -- oh my. Now that we're in the last three weeks of the legislative session, Nooner Global HQ and our numerous bureaus are in a frenzy. Fortunately, there are only three hearings today. I'm glad I tuned in to Assembly elections to hear that tele-testifier "Funky Father" is opposed to SB 594, a technical bill to adjust redistricting and filing deadlines because of the delay in the U.S. Census. Enjoy the final week of tele-testimony (except for hearings granted a rule waiver). Who knows if it'll be back next year!

Covering everything feels like playing Asteroids or whatever it was on that TRS-80 and I was never very good with video games.

Fortunately, I've returned to coffee (finally drinking that Redistricting Partners coffee from Temple sent over the holidays) and I'm also sleeping better. The clean air has allowed my bronchial tubes to relax and the long days have me plenty tuckered out. And, while I like to see the Giants playing at Oracle Park, it's nice to have them on the East Coast for the next six games so I can hit the sack at a reasonable time, even if a game advances to the MLB's silly extra innings rule.

Meanwhile, the AD18 special general is a week from today and the recall election is three weeks from today.

HOUSING: Yesterday, one of the first big housing bills cleared its second house after a lengthy roll call vote and apparent arm-twisting. SB 10 (Wiener), which would allow local governments to approve an ordinance to allow the approval of up to ten units on a parcel notwithstanding a local or voter-approved ordinance in a transit-rich or urban infill area, was approved by the State Assembly 44-12, with 23 members abstaining. The bill further provides an accelerated environmental review process and limits legal appeals of a project, something usually reserved for sports arenas.

The bill needs to return to the State Senate for concurrence, although that's expected to be a formality in the chamber that previously approved the bill with 27 votes.

Unlike most controversial votes will see in the final weeks of this year's session, this was not partisan. Among the "no" votes, 10 of the 12 were from Democrats, and 8 Republicans  and the lone Independent voted in favor of the bill.

For those who know members, geography, and local politics, this vote was largely based on region and less on party.

Complicating the vote was that five Democrats were out ill. One was Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), who has a breakthrough case of COVID-19, and who said yesterday that he has minor, cold-like symptoms. The cause of illness for the other absent members was not known.

Also approved in the Assembly yesterday was SB 290 (Skinner), which makes several changes to the housing density bonus law, including providing a bonus credit for a student housing development that provides that 20% of the units are for low-income students. The vote was 66 ayes, and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) voting no. 

The next big housing bill to come up is SB 9 (Atkins), which is now on Assembly Third Reading and could be taken on Thursday. The bill requires cities and counties to provide ministerial approval of a proposal to for a duplex or urban lot split, exemption the action from CEQA, with limitations.

MONEY: In yesterday's monthly revenue update from the Department of Finance, we learn the following about the "Big 3" revenue sources for the first month of the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Revenue Source Forecast Actual Change Percent
Personal Income $6,144 $7,362 $1,219 19.8%
Sales & Use 1,236 1,279 42 3.4%
Corporation 603 978 375 62.2%
Total (including minor sources) $8,383 $9,925 $1,542 18.4%


  • Recall election key dates:
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
    • October 22: Statement of vote
  • Ballot update from PDI/@paulmitche111,076,724 ballots returned (5% of mailed ballots)
    • Democratic: 604,981 (56.2% of those returned)
    • NPP/other: 236,002 (21.9%)
    • Republican: 236,038 (21.9%)
    • 65+: 480,633 (9% return rate)
    • 50-64: 289,006 (5%)
    • 35-49: 178,703 (3%)
    • 18-34: 128,679 (2%)
    • White/Oth: 737,655 (6% return rate)
    • Latino: 176,228 (3%)
    • Asian: 117,606 (5%)
    • Af Am: 45,532 (6%)

From my perspective, while Republicans generally outperform Democrats in early vote-by-mail returns, that may not be the case in this election because of the number of "top tier" GOP candidates running on question #2. While some may already be wearing the silks for one horse, many could be sitting on the sidelines. This may be particularly true after Larry Elder's not-so-great week in the first week of balloting with several negative stories. Lots of GOP voters may be interested in him, but don't want to complete their ballots until all is known.

Attempted ballot fraud and for whom? Gregory Yee reports in the Times that an August 16 report to Torrance Police of a man passed out in a car yielded more than 300 recall ballots, a handgun, drugs, and "other illicit materials."

Officers were called about 10:45 p.m. to a 7-Eleven parking lot at 3735 Emerald St. for a report of a man passed out in a vehicle, said Sgt. Mark Ponegalek, a spokesman for the Torrance Police Department.

When officers searched the vehicle, they found a 9-millimeter handgun and stolen mail, including more than 300 ballots, Ponegalek said. In addition, the man had methamphetamine, Xanax pills, a scale, multiple California driver’s licenses and credit cards in other people’s names, police said.

Torrance police are working with other law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, to determine how the man got the ballots and what he planned to do with them, Ponegalek said.

Police are working with officials to ensure that all voters affected by the thefts get new ballots, he said. Ballots are mailed with unique barcodes assigned to each voter.

August 16 was the day ballots started being mailed to all voters in California. To campaigns, make sure your ballot-stealer doesn't get stoned in 7-11 parking lots.

Overall: In The Bee, Sophia Bollag looks at how the lead of Larry Elder may end up helping Governor Newsom beat the recall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom talks about Larry Elder everywhere he goes.

During a conversation with Planned Parenthood on Wednesday, Newsom blasted the conservative talk show host for opposing abortion.

On Monday, at a campaign event in San Jose, Newsom warned Democratic supporters that an Elder victory in the recall could result in a Republican takeover of Congress.

And when he rallied supporters in San Francisco earlier this month, Newsom described the leading Republican recall candidate in terms intended to scare Democrats.

“He’s to the right of Donald Trump,” Newsom said. “That’s what’s at stake in this election.”

Political experts say Newsom’s frequent criticism of Elder indicates that the radio personality’s dominance in the polls actually helps the embattled governor, who now has a credibly threatening rival to campaign against.

In liberal California, a viable conservative candidate like Elder will help Newsom in his mission to convince Democrats to vote, Sacramento State political science Professor Kim Nalder said.

“If Larry Elder is the face of the alternative to Newsom, it absolutely helps him in California because California is a deep blue state,” Nalder said. “Democrats are not likely voters at this point, so the goal for Newsom is to motivate people to bother to vote. The fear of a Trumpian candidate will do that.”

On the other hand, Dan Walters opines that Elder's critics, including editorial boards, may be helping his campaign.

Newsom obviously hopes that focusing on Elder and the supposedly terrible fate that would befall California should he become governor will not only change the subject but motivate Democrats to vote against the recall. Democratic voter apathy is, polls indicate, the prime reason Newsom is in danger of losing his office.

However, the focus on Elder could also make it more likely that he would, in fact, become governor should the recall succeed. Voters who favor the recall could easily conclude that if Newsom, the media and Faulconer are ganging up on Elder, perhaps he’s just the man to lead the revolt against the political status quo.

That’s what happened in 2016 when Donald Trump emerged from the Republican pack to become the GOP’s presidential nominee. The more Trump was attacked for his many personal shortcomings, the more attractive he became to angry Republican voters. The rest, as they say, is history.

Elder may be, as his critics say, unfit to be governor. However, like Trump, he probably loves the attention because his enemies are making him more friends.

Fundraising and cash through 08/23/21

Semi-annual or first preelection report plus $1,000+ contributions since



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath



















Contributions reported yesterday**






07/31 Net Cash on Hand*










*Net cash on hand is reported cash on hand with non-candidate, nonforgiveable debt subtracted.

**24-hour reports are delayed when they fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday to the next business day, unless received the weekend before the election. These are included in the candidate and non-candidate totals above.

***Elder and Faulconer also have ballot measure committees supporting the recall that are not included in this table. Ballot measure committees have no limit, while successor candidate limits in a recall are unclear. Regular gubernatorial primary limits or something else? Totally unclear.

Some time between midnight and 5am, Elder had two new campaign filings, one for the candidate account and one for the ballot measure account. Either his compliance firm is literally burning the midnight oil or he is outsourcing to another time zone.

Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

  • Cash on Hand 07/31: $26,029,522
  • $1,000+ contributions since: $12,067,949 (includes yesterday's)
  • Added yesterday: $1,671,544

Noteworthy: Yesterday's additions includes $1 million from the State Building and Construction Trades and $10,000 from George Zimmer, CEO of Generation Tux. If the name sounds a bit familiar, maybe I can help you out with "I guarantee it" from the ads when we were much younger.

Money matters: For the LAT, Phil Willon writes that those writing big checks to fight the recall have equally big wishlists from Sacramento.

Newsom’s anti-recall campaign raked in more money in its first five months — $54 million — than the $50.2 million his 2018 gubernatorial campaign raised over four years.

Most of the money came in six- or seven-figure donations from longtime Democratic financial backers, including government employee and trade unions, as well as people and interest groups that stand to gain from a relationship with California’s governor. Even allies of the governor have expressed concern about the amount of money flooding in.

Netflix co-Chief Executive Reed Hastings, a major supporter of charter schools, topped the list of individual donors with $3 million. The California Teachers Assn., which has clashed with charter school advocates for years, gave $1.8 million.

The Service Employees International Union and its local affiliates, which together represent about 700,000 members, including government employees, donated a combined $5.5 million to Newsom’s anti-recall campaign. Others in the $1-million-and-up club include associations representing California Realtors, home builders and Democratic governors.

Republican political consultant Rob Stutzman said the political calculus for writing big checks to Newsom’s anti-recall committee is easy to understand.

Newsom still is favored to defeat the attempt to remove him from office and to be reelected to a second term in 2022. Even if he is ousted, the odds are slim that a GOP candidate who takes his place will last more than a year in office in such a heavily Democratic state, Stutzman said. No matter the outcome of the recall election, California will have a gubernatorial election next year.

“If the guy that’s likely to be governor for the next five years calls and asks you for help, you’re likely to help — and to want to help in a way that he remembers,” said Stutzman, a former advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took office in 2003 after the state’s only successful recall of a governor.

The recall election provides an opportunity to do just that, thanks to an exception in California’s strict laws limiting political donations. While donations to individual candidates are capped at $32,400 per election, there are no contribution limits for committees devoted solely to promoting or opposing the recall.

2021 v. 2003: In his CA120 column for Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell looks at the differences in the 2021 recall effort against Gavin Newsom compared to the successful 2003 recall of Gray Davis.

We’re headed for another recall election, the first in nearly 20 years. A lot of things have changed, including the number of voters who will be casting their ballots by mail.

Looking back at 2003, there were only 3 million voters who received their ballots in the mail.  This cycle, all 22 million voters are getting their ballots in the mail, and we’re likely to see the vast majority of those cast by mail prior to Election Day.

Who is voting early is really an open question.

For decades, California’s vote-by-mail universe has skewed older, suburban, white, and more Republican. Only in the last few election cycles has this changed. Over the last decade, counties have been promoting vote-by-mail, and more than a dozen converted to the state’s Voters Choice Act system with ballots mailed to all voters.

Over time, patterns have developed. The consistent, older, largely Republican households mail their ballots early, while Democrats, minorities, and renters all return their ballots late or get pushed to the polls by extensive field operations that have defined many progressive and Democratic campaigns.

But 2020 threw this all on its head.

With Republicans concerned about voter fraud, and the attacks on vote-by-mail coming from the White House and FOX News, Republicans shifted. Suddenly they were largely distrustful of voting by mail, and we saw their votes come in at the end, especially on Election Day itself.

School daze: KQED's Katie Orr writes that school closures may loom large in the recall election.

In fact, Newsom never ordered California schools to close, though his March 2020 statewide stay-at-home order essentially had that effect.

[Open Schools California founder Megan] Bacigalup says she heard from scores of frustrated parents — many of them progressive Democrats like herself — who signed the petition for a gubernatorial recall election. Bacigalup says she never had the opportunity to sign the petition, and never sought it out, but understands why other parents did.

“I voted for Gov. Newsom when he ran [in 2018]. I have supported Democrats my whole life,” she said. “But I understand parents who are in the same boat as me, who are supporting this purely because of what happened with their kids this year.”

Newsom’s handling of education has helped fuel the recall effort, and been a key talking point for recall candidates like Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a Republican from Rocklin.

“He’s just saying whatever is necessary to cater to the agenda of the teachers unions who want the outcome of schools being closed,” Kiley said. “And he’ll give whatever rationale it takes to get there.”

But, at a recent press conference, Newsom maintained he’s been following the science while also balancing the demands of a massive public education system.

“We have been working with our partners in our education system, 1,050-plus school districts. We’re trying to support the needs of 6.1 million public school kids,” Newsom said. “And we’ve been engaged to address the concerns and anxiety around reopening our schools.”

Kevin Gordon, president of Capital Advisors Group, which lobbies for school districts across the state, says many districts wanted Newsom to act unilaterally.

“Schools that normally don't like the state infringing on their local control were actually hoping the governor would just do a statewide edict that we’re closing schools physically so they didn't have to wrestle with the local politics,” he said.

Gordon believes that overall, Newsom handled an unprecedented and complicated situation really well. But he also found himself trapped in the very tricky position of trying to balance his support for public education with his loyalty to the labor unions that have long backed him.

“And where they became this conflict was wanting kids to be back in school, but his own constituencies across labor not wanting to come back,” he said.

Rise of Kiley: While polls suggest Kevin Kiley is a long shot in the recall campaign, the AP's Adam Beam looks at how the campaign may elevate him from a lesser-known third term Assembly member to a leader of the GOP.

Jon Fleischman, former chair of the California Republican Party, is among GOP observers who say Kiley’s campaign is more about the future than pulling an upset next month. No Republicans hold statewide office in California and the party is desperate to find new political leaders to rally around.

The state is home to 5.3 million registered Republicans — more than the total populations of more than half the states. Jon Fleischman, publisher of the “Flash Report,” a conservative news website, said many people forget that reality because Democrats have such a stranglehold on power in the state.

“I think Kevin, whether he is the governor or not ... will emerge from this as a very significant leader” of California Republicans, predicted Fleischman, who voted early and went with Elder, the GOP front-runner.

Kiley grew up in Granite Bay, California, a city of about 20,000 northeast of Sacramento. He was the valedictorian of Granite Bay High School and got his undergraduate degree at Harvard and law degree from Yale Law School.

He spent two years teaching Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to 10th-graders in a cramped portable classroom at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. After teaching, he joined a law firm in Los Angeles and helped prepare a case for T-Mobile accusing Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei of stealing its technology, a case that eventually was the basis for a U.S. criminal investigation into the company.

He got elected to the state Assembly in 2016 — the same year Donald Trump upended national politics. He won’t say whether he voted for Trump or if he supported his policies.

“My position in that campaign and since I have been in office is that I just stay out of national politics altogether,” Kiley said. “I think national politics is a distraction that is used frankly by those in power in Sacramento (as) kind of a smokescreen for their own failures.”

In the Legislature, Kiley has sometimes worked across the aisle. He teamed with the Democratic majority to pass a bill that made transcripts of grand jury proceedings public. This year, a bill Kiley authored to let students sue schools in sexual assault cases even if their parents signed a document waiving their rights has passed the Legislature and will soon be on Newsom’s desk.

While he and I often draw different conclusions, Kiley is one of the smartest and most articulate members of the Legislature, and I've enjoyed corresponding with him parsing legal intracacies. He's obviously far smarter than your daily missive editor.

COVID, fires, and other stories after the jump...

The Gualco Group AJW KBH Advocacy
Bill Quirk | Cathy Unger | Dave Walrath


Help keep The Nooner alive by becoming a Nooner Sustainer.

  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,216,026 (65.5%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,510,377 (10.3% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 24.2% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,388,572 (61 days of inventory, does not account for doses reserved for current appointments)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day statewide positivity rate is 5.2% (-0.2% day-over-day), a 0.7% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 8.6% (+0.1% day-over-day), a 1.3% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 2.9% (-0.3% day-over-day), a 0.3% decrease from a week ago.


Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
power lines suspected 731,310
0 5,918 08/24
Caldor Fire El Dorado under investigation 117,704
0 2,119 08/24
McFarland Fire Shasta under investigation 118,624
31   0 813 08/24
Monument Fire Trinity under investigation 152,125
 0 1,798 08/24
French Fire Kern under investigation 16,002
not available not available not available 08/24
Source: Cal Fire

Caldor and Tahoe: In the Chron, Hepler, Thomas, and Flores report on the battle to keep the Caldor Fire out of the Lake Tahoe basin.

A scramble is on in the Sierra to seize on favorable weather conditions and keep the flames of the Caldor Fire out of the Lake Tahoe basin.

The 9-day-old blaze that has already destroyed 447 homes and consumed more than 114,000 acres is now the “No. 1 priority in the nation” for firefighting resources, Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said on Monday.

He warned that the fire was “knocking on the door” of the Lake Tahoe region, even after crews were encouraged by the progress of getting the fire 9% contained by Monday evening. Now, they’re just hoping the amenable weather lasts.

“We have all efforts in place to keep it out of the basin,” Porter said, “but we need to be aware that it is a possibility based on the way the fires have been burning.”

More than 2,000 firefighters and support personnel were working the dense, mountainous terrain as telltale signs of wildfire engulfed one of California’s most famous natural landmarks. Lake Tahoe’s sapphire-blue water looked an ominous shade of orange. Smoke choked the air as schools closed and resorts shuttered summer operations. Tourists and locals alike debated when it might be time to leave, especially with parts of busy Highway 50 closed.

All the uncertainty comes at a crucial moment for both the state and the mountain communities near Tahoe. Across California, the more than 1.5 million acres burned this year mark a 42% increase from the same early point in the fire season last year. Tahoe was also already grappling with an influx of remote workers and tourists seeking refuge from mask mandates and coronavirus anxiety, increasing competition for housing and adding to congestion.

Lassen: The Chron's Kurtis Alexander writes that nearly half of Lassen Volcanic National Park has burned in the Dixie Fire.

The massive Dixie Fire has burned through nearly half of Lassen Volcanic National Park on its extraordinary monthlong rampage, federal officials said Monday, leaving historical cabins and an iconic lookout tower in ruins.

The park, an area of old volcanoes and bubbling hot springs in California’s remote north, was hit by the blaze Aug. 5. Flames have since moved from the park’s southern edge east of Redding to its interior, pushing into such popular spots as Juniper Lake, Warner Valley and Summit Lake.

The fire had not burned the gateway town of Mineral, where the park keeps its headquarters, nor had it affected the mud pots, fumaroles and steam vents of the geothermal hotbed Bumpass Hell. The park’s visitor centers also were still standing.

“A lot of people here are crossing their fingers,” said Ana Beatriz Cholo, a spokesperson for the National Park Service. “This is still a very active fire.”

The park remained closed to the public, as did surrounding national forest land.

Typically, about a half million people visit Lassen Volcanic National Park each year. While popular with sightseers, hikers and campers, the park is far less trodden than its counterparts to the south, such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

testy, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research


TESTY, TESTY, TESTY... One of the more interesting debates yesterday was on the Senate Floor when debating AB 338 (Ramos), which would remove from law the requirement that there be a monument to Father Junipero Serra on the State Capitol Grounds and authorize the tribal nations in the Sacramento region to plan, construct, and maintain a monument to the Native California from the region. The bill was approved 66-2 in the Assembly with only token opposition from religiously conservative groups.

However, there is an apparent falling out over the bill between Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and the bill's author, Assembly member James Ramos (D-Highland). Ramos is the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The monument to Serra, which included a map of California's 21 missions, was erected in 1967 but was torn down in 2020 by protestors like similar actions in other cities.

Hueso, who like Ramos has both Native and European heritage, wanted to see the requirement to maintain a monument for Serra as well as proceed with the provisions to authorize the construction of a Native Californian monument. After a lengthy presentation on the heritage of Serra including arguing as false many of the negative criticisms of his legacy, Hueso turned to his interactions with Ramos, and it got personal. Allegedly, Hueso asked for a meeting with Ramos who returned with a single date and time. Apparently, that was the end of communication.

While members said they understood Hueso's concerns, the bill passed 28-2.

Anyway, yesterday's Senate Floor session video is not yet available, but when it is, I'll track down the timestamp and share it with you as it was very interesting. 

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tia Orr and Kelly Welsh!



Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Building Grid Resilience

Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) on 0Wednesday, August 25th, 11:00am-12:00pm for our latest Virtual CCST Expert Briefing: Building Grid Resilience. A panel of experts including from Sandia National Laboratories, SLAC National Accelerator Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will discuss pathways for improving the resilience of the electrical grid to disasters, such as extreme weather events and other security threats. Moderated by Assemblymember Chris Holden, representative of California’s 41st Assembly district. RSVP here.

Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer

Under general direction of the Court Executive Officer, the Chief Administrative Officer oversees and directs essential administrative functions and services within the Court, including facilities, finance, human resources, and information technology. Candidates must have significant knowledge and experience in budgeting, accounting, human resources, information technology and facilities management. Additionally, candidates must possess leadership and managerial attributes which lend themselves to working in a collaborative and collegial environment with staff at all levels, including Judicial Officers.

[full description]

California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)

California Lawyers Association (CLA) is soliciting applications for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director, based at CLA headquarters in Sacramento, is responsible to, advises and assists the CLA Board of Representatives which is responsible for Association policy, strategy, and oversight, as well as the CLA President. The Executive Director oversees CLA staff operations and is responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the Association as directed by CLA’s leadership and implementing its policies to the overall benefit of the organization, its constituent entities and members.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree;
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California or the bar of any state or the District of Columbia; and
  • At least seven years of experience in positions of increasing managerial and leadership responsibility;
CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst

The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state's oldest and largest association representing California taxpayers, is seeking a Research Analyst to join our policy team. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, and should have a background in public policy analysis, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to produce objective and thoughtful research and analysis. For details and information on how to apply, please go to

Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate

The Public Policy & Advocacy Team works on early care and education issues at the local, state and federal
levels, whether legislative or budgetary. The position is based in San Francisco, three days in office and two days remote.


  • In collaboration with our Public Policy Communications Director, you will advocate for the organization’s
    local, state, and federal priorities—engaging in multiple simultaneous advocacy campaigns.
  • Track notable legislation, assist with developing public comment and ensure we send notifications out to community
    members to ensure the community has an opportunity to respond.
  • Engage staff in advocacy via advocacy trainings and preparing bi-weekly staff advocacy updates
  • Meet with advocacy community organizations about our advocacy work, priorities &
    opportunities to collaborate
  • See full job description linked below for full responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two to four years of experience in public affairs, public policy, advocacy, community organizing, digital
  • advocacy or similar roles
  • Demonstrated ability to execute legislative and administrative advocacy and/or advocacy campaigns
  • Expected to attend evening and weekend meetings and travel to meetings and conferences (approximately
  • 15 – 25% of time, depending on the time of year)
  • Experience drafting policy update documents and emails
  • Ability to read, understand, and succinctly summarize policy or legislation to different audiences

Qualified candidates should apply here:

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website,, or contact us at

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: